Rule the road | A state by state guide for P-Platers getting their start on the road
Here at Hyundai, we’re going to break down everything you need to know as a newbie on the road; state, by state.
Thankfully, Hyundai is always searching for new ways to make driving not only more enjoyable, but safer too. Every day, our researchers are creating better, stronger and more technologically advanced cars; cars that minimise our customers’ risks on the road.
Yes, most cars have the basics these days – airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and so on – but what can you expect in the newer, safer breed of car?
Safe Exit Assist is set to become one of the most sought-after car safety features for anyone with kids. The system detects vehicles approaching from the rear and alerts the driver that it may be dangerous for them and passengers exiting the vehicle, with an audible alert and visual warning on the dashboard. If the driver attempts to deactivate the child safety lock during this time, the SEA system will intervene and prevent the door from being unlocked. Best of all, you’ll find this essential safety feature in the latest Hyundai Santa Fe* SUV.
*Available on the Elite & Highlander variants
Rear-view cameras are a must for safety-conscious drivers and the technology keeps getting better and better. A rear-view camera is important for two very big reasons: kids and pets. With a wide-angle rear view camera lens, drivers can easily see everything on the drive or road behind them while reversing – a feature that makes parking a breeze and could even save lives. And good news, rear-view cameras are standard on all the latest Hyundai models.
Remember those horrible blind spots that used to be the bane of drivers everywhere? A blind spot could swallow up and hide an entire car as it crept up in another lane and it was a real danger; we almost had to have swivel heads to deal with it! Not anymore. Hyundai blind spot detection uses ultrasonic or radar detection to give you 180-degree coverage around your vehicle and instant alerts if there is any impending risk.
Imagine you’re driving late at night and you’re feeling tired. In fact, you shouldn’t be driving at all and you start falling asleep at the wheel. Luckily, instead of careering onwards, your car automatically senses impending danger and brakes for you. That’s Autonomous Emergency Braking, a wonderful new safety feature currently being introduced across selected Hyundai models. This reassuring new feature has even been shown to react faster to a potential collision than a driver’s foot. And if half a second can avoid a calamity, we’re all for it.
Standard cruise control features are fine for maintaining a consistent open road speed. But what happens if the car in front slows down? How quickly will we react if we’ve gone into cruise mode ourselves? The latest Hyundai models now come with a whole new dimension in cruise control safety – Smart Cruise Control – a system that uses radar technology to sense if the car ahead has slowed down or stopped. Smart Cruise Control then automatically slows or stops your vehicle.
And those are just a few of the latest safety features you can enjoy with a new Hyundai! There are loads of others, including: